The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. – Walt Disney
Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.
Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Trump’s Press Conference, Tester & Facebook Live, Daines’ Telephone Town Hall, Montana GOP Valentine’s Day Cards, and much more!
Trump’s Press Conference:
It was the big news of the day on Thursday – the first solo press conference by President Donald J. Trump! The one hour and 18-minute press conference in which he said the word “great” about 30 times was incredible in more ways than one. You can read the whole thing HERE.
Here are some significant one-liners from the President:
- Incredible progress so far
- Press is dishonest
- I inherited a mess
- I got 306 Electoral votes
- The Democrats have screwed things up royally
- Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars
- This will be one of the great cabinets in American history
- The leaks are real. The news is fake.
- I don’t mind a bad story if it’s true
- Nuclear holocaust would be like no other
- I’ve known her (Melania) for a long time
Someone tweeted “This is the longest cold opening in SNL history.” Amen to that. I think it’s kind of like watching a NASCAR race. Many people don’t really watch the races for the racing, but they watch them for the big wrecks. There were some wrecks and fender benders in Trump’s press conference.
In the good-to-know category, Trump boasted to reporters that he is the least anti-Semitic person that they have ever seen in their entire life. He followed that by saying he was the least racist person. A few minutes after that, the president asked a black reporter to arrange a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Trump was asked about a United States response to Russia due to their ship off the coast of the United States and for their flyover by their planes of a U.S. Navy ship, and a response to the North Korean missile test. Trump responded with, “I’m not going to tell you anything about what response I do. I don’t talk about military response.”
For Donald Trump, that was the appropriate response to that question.
Monday will mark the first month of the Trump presidency.
Tester & Facebook Live:
U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) held a Facebook Live event this week. What caught my eye was the Montana Republican Party even advertised for him! They sent an email to subscribers telling them where to log in and the date and time.
It was nice to see them working together. The Montana GOP might as well get used to working with Tester because he will be a senator as long as he wants.
Tester’s press shop said about 15,000 users logged on to watch and participate.
With all the protests and anger we’re seeing across the fruited plains these days, Facebook Live may be the best and safest way to hold town hall meetings.
Daines’ Telephone Town Hall:
U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) held a telephone town hall meeting Thursday night. For some reason, it was not very well advertised.
That is all I have to say about that…
Montana GOP Valentine’s Day Cards:
I’ve been known to take a joke or humor just a little too far, but sometimes it’s worth seeing someone cringe or hear their nervous laugh or see the dirty looks or read the comments!
Usually, my favorite issues to joke about are politicians, politics, and the Montana Legislature. They give me a lot of material!
So I was not too upset at the Montana GOP for sending out Valentine’s Day cards that don’t show a lot of love toward those at which the cards are directed.
One card sent via Twitter about 18-year-old Rep. Jacob Bachmeier (D-Havre), being young angered the Montana Democrats enough that they sent a press release about it. I think the Montana GOP deleted it (although nothing is ever really deleted).
I like Bachmeier. I can’t wait to see what his future holds. We need younger people to be involved (on both sides of the aisle).
The Montana GOP sent one about John Walsh that was a cheap shot – even cheaper than the Bachmeier one in my opinion, but hey go ahead and kick someone when they are down.
What goes around comes around.
I’m thinking the Montana GOP should have sent a nice card, flowers, and candy to Montana Governor Steve Bullock, a Democrat. Maybe a bottle of wine would have been nice, too. They did post some not-so-nice ones. The Republicans will need Bullock’s signature on some bills that are heading his way.
One More Thing: